This post is sponsored by RMHC, Inc ® but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
This holiday season I am partnering with Ronald McDonald House Charities to share Joshua’s story and help raise awareness of what your donations mean to families who are spending the holidays at one of their locations. Head to RMHC.org/donate to donate.
As most of you know we almost lost Joshua last year due to kidney failure. The first few nights while he was in ICU we stayed in his room with him on the one couch that was provided while my mom slept at my brother’s house about an hour and a half away. A kind nurse realized how uncomfortable it looked for us and knew that the drive for my mom was long, so she got us in touch with the local Ronald McDonald House(R) that was actually right down the street and walking distance from the hospital Joshua was at.
Staying at the Ronald McDonald House was a life saver and a sanity giver at this time in our life. My mom was more at peace because she was just down the street from Joshua instead of an hour away, so as he recovered she could be there and if anything went wrong she was less than 10 minutes away.
Spending time at the Ronald McDonald House made the scariest moments of our life feel a little less scary. With donations from local businesses for those staying there to snack on to people volunteering to feed everyone meals, it took so much stress away from a situation that broke Joe, my mom, and I.
Ronald McDonald House Charities takes pride in keeping families close when they need it most, and in our situation they succeeded. Once Joshua was released from the hospital he was given a “coupon” for a free toy from the Ronald McDonald House. There was such a variety of toys for all age groups and interests. Joshua was in heaven and of course wanted everything. The toy he received was a piano mat with a mic and his face lit up the second he opened it at home. It made my heart happy and made me cry tears of joy to see my son happy again, to see my toddler play again.
Your donations mean the world to everyone who stays there. When you donate you are playing a big part in stories that are much like Joshua’s. When you donate to RMHC you give the gift of togetherness and joy to families who need it, which is what we all want and need during the holidays. No parent wants to be away from their child during the holiday season and every little donation helps.
Head to RMHC.org/donate to give the gift of togetherness this holiday season. Not only will you be doing something good during the holidays but it will help make it possible for families to celebrate together.
After our experience at the Ronald McDonald House our family will always donate and give back. After being the family in need our family will always support this amazing organization because we know how much of a positive impact it can make on a family in one of the hardest times in their lives. Please consider donating because every bit helps even if it is a small amount. Learn more about the RMHC at RMHC.org and donate at RMHC.org/donate.
Do you give back during the holiday season? It is by far one of my favorite things. Let me know in the comments below!